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Bug 1365 - A means to stop link spam or comment spam
A means to stop link spam or comment spam
Status: RESOLVED FIXED
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Parser (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005...
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Reported: 2005-01-19 18:56 UTC by Paul Robinson
Modified: 2005-01-19 18:57 UTC (History)
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Description Paul Robinson 2005-01-19 18:56:00 UTC
"Link spam" or "Comment Spam" is the practice of someone putting links to their
own pages in Wikis, Blogs and other places in order to raise their page's
ranking in search engines by creating bogus links. 

Google has devised <a
href="http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/01/preventing-comment-spam.html"> a
method</a> to make this undesirable practice ineffective.  I recommend that
Wikipedia place this feature on the list of things to be implemented.

How it is done is, for external links, automatically insert <B> rel="nofollow" </B>
in the generated html.  Here is a quote from the example:

'''Q: How does a link change?'''<BR>
A: Any link that a user can create on your site automatically gets a new
"nofollow" attribute. So if a blog spammer previously added a comment like
<br>
Visit my <a href="http://www.example.com/">discount pharmaceuticals</a> site.
<br>
That comment would be transformed to
<br>
Visit my <a href="http://www.example.com/" rel="nofollow">discount
pharmaceuticals</a> site.

I think this will be a useful feature to make link spam not worth bothering to
do or less significant. <BR>  Paul Robinson   18:37, 19 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Comment 1 Tom Gilder 2005-01-19 18:57:00 UTC
Already implemented and live on Wikipedia and co.

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